Great News: Charges Dropped Against Shanesha Taylor

July 18, 2014 ‐ By

We’re happy to report that charges against Shanesha Taylor, the mother who left her children in the car during a job interview, have been dropped.

The gripping mugshot featuring Taylor and her tear-stained face spread quickly and garnered worldwide support for her case. According to the Maricopa County Attorney, a judge ruled that Taylor will have the charges dismissed if she completes a diversion program.

Taylor was arrested back in March after police say she left two children in her Dodge Durango for 45 minutes while she was in a Farmers Insurance office in Scottsdale. Taylor told authorities that she was unemployed, didn’t have child care and had been occasionally homeless.

This morning, after the deal was reached, Taylor attended a settlement conference this morning, where she told reporters:

“This is a beautiful resolution to a very long, very hard journey.”

The program will require Taylor to complete parenting and substance abuse classes and establish education and child care trusts for her three children. Each education trust must have $10,000 in it.

If you’re wondering where that money will come from, you may remember that fundraisers were set up on Taylor’s behalf to help with legal fees and other expenses. The effort raised $144,775 from over four thousand donors.

In reference to the resolution, Bill Montgomery, the county attorney, said: “Where we can focus on an opportunity for rehabilitation without having to use punitive consequences we’re always willing to take a look at that. And our resolution today shouldn’t be taken as a policy shift, this is just how we were able to resolve this one particular case.”

They also took into account the fact that Taylor was searching for employment and had no other criminal history.

As for Taylor, she believes her supporters were crucial in the outcome of her case and is very grateful for all the support and donations.

“This provides a future for my kids.” Taylor said during the press conference.

If Taylor fails to follow the conditions of the agreement, the criminal charges will be reinstated. Montgomery did not confirm or deny whether or not Taylor had a substance abuse problem but said that it is not uncommon for his office to require these types of classes in child abuse cases.

In a statement, Montgomery said:

“Based on all the facts and circumstances in this matter, we believe this agreement represents a just resolution that appropriately holds the defendant accountable for her actions while also recognizing the best interests of her family. The stipulations of this agreement also ensure that pledges of support from members of the public will have a meaningful and positive impact.”

Taylor was released from jail last March on a $9,000 bond and had been indicted on two felony counts. Her children were examined at a hospital the day she was arrested and released, uninjured. They are now with family members under supervision from the Division of Child and Family Services.

By entering into this agreement and program, Taylor avoided a potential two year probation or a possible eight year sentence.

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    I’m glad things worked out for Ms. Taylor. Hopefully, she has learned her lesson and will make better choices. She’s lucky to get a second chance because if she messes up even once, the justice system won’t be so lenient next time.

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  • AaMikey Stephenson

    That’s a damn shame. It sends the same message… women get away with things and fool you all into believing they’re victims. I feel very sorry for those two children. I’m very certain this is NOT the only time they’ve been put at horrible risk. She just got caught this time. And you guys are applauding it? Horrible.

    • mmmdot

      And men are more likely to abuse and rape their own children and then use that phony arse “Parental Alienation Syndrome” excuse to get access to them anyway. Sometimes they even murder their OWN KIDS instead of the mothers to make mothers suffer even more. If that isn’t some sick “playing the victim” shxt then I don’t know WHAT is. So why don’t you shut the hell up and stop saying uneducated shxt about this situation and women in general. Kay? Thanks. https://www.causes (dot) com/actions/1759775-stop-family-courts-from-sending-children-to-live-with-their-molestors; http://www.thecrimereport (dot) org/news/inside-criminal-justice/failure-to-protect-the-crisis-in-americae28099s-family-courts

      • AaMikey Stephenson

        The fact that you had to curse to try getting your point across is enough to show you have no ground to stand on. Attempting to change the narrative does not work with me; especially with over emotional types. I manage your types all day. So easy to point out your obvious bias and bad judgment.

        So, as far as men and molesting, that’s your thing. Funny that’s where you go with this, but typical.

        It’s not a man versus woman thing. It’s the fact that you’re defending a woman who left a 2 year old and 6 month old in a blazing hot car alone. That’s enough to show you’re unfit to provide ANY sort of recommendation or advice.

        • mmmdot

          Yeah, no. Google “tone argument” because that is what you’re engaging in. If you think that swearing has any affect whatsoever on an argument or invalidates any points that are made, you need to grow up. Stop arguing semantics about something as minuscule as throwing cuss words around. Because I absolutely do not care when willfully ignorant, sexist people have the audacity to use such a POOR and RIDICULOUS excuse to be condescending. I mean, not only is it clear that you obviously don’t know [or lack the cognitive ability to understand] the particulars of this case, you ALSO slithered onto to a website for black women and used this situation as an EXCUSE to utter a sexist and asinine stereotype about women.

          If its too difficult for you to understand that THIS particular situation is more complex then “women get away with things and fool you all into believing they’re victims” and that you are doing nothing but making a SEXIST, SIMPLISTIC, and INSIPID generalization about women on a website for black women then maybe you should stick to more SIMPLE topics. Either don’t use stereotypes about [black] women that you wouldn’t like being used against you as a black man or stick to SHALLOW subjects where the SIMPLISTIC and SHALLOW conclusions you appear to jump to make more sense—like p0rn or coloring books. In short: you don’t know what the fxck you’re talking about. So sit your arrogant arse down because you’ve shown yourself to be unfit to speak intelligibly about this situation at all. Thanks.

          • AaMikey Stephenson

            Oh my. You hate loosing, don’t you? You get longer and longer and still avoid the fact. I quickly refuted your false allegation of men being the only predators. You can’t argue that no matter how long your post.

            Intelligent people look at the reality. The reality is this woman left two babies in a hot car alone and you’re defending it. Again, no high marks on your judgment ability or the judge that let her off. Just more of the same sanctioning of irresponsible women getting away with things they should be punished for. The good part is these kind usually end up getting what they deserve. Shame the kids have to be punished before that happens though.

            I know you’ll come back with some long-winded response showing how emotionally unhinged you are. Have fun looking like an class A clown defending this lunacy.

            • FromUR2UB

              Would you really feel better if she were locked up? Would 8 years in prison have been enough, or would you have felt that was too lenient too?

            • mmmdot

              First you fixate on my tone and now the LENGTH of my comment? And *I’M* the one who looks emotionally unhinged? LMAO! Please. Whats next? How WIDE my comment is? Didn’t I tell you to stick to crayons or coloring books? Either grow up or stick to SIMPLE things where your SIMPLISTIC conclusions don’t come off so uneducated, shallow, and absurd. If you knew how to comprehend the words you read, you’d be able understand that I’ve never defended her actions. I’ve defended the notion of giving her a second chance in the FACE of a MISTAKE. I’m advocating for applying critical thinking, discretion, and human compassion in the criminal justice system. What does that mean? Well it requires that you use your BRAIN, not JUST your emotions.

              When [rational] people truly considered the details of this case, they realized that Shanesha’s poor decisions weren’t made because of carelessness and neglect, but poverty and desperation. This is what inspired RATIONAL people to give her a helping hand that would assist her and her children in putting their lives back together instead of punishing her and breaking her family, without first trying to help repair ALL of them and keeping the family unit whole. Its called advocating for REHABILITATIVE and RESTORATIVE justice instead of PUNITIVE justice, ignoramus. What DO you want to happen here? For her to spend years in jail and have nothing to show for it but emotionally damaged children and a criminal record that would impede her from EVER realistically being able to support them with a legitimate job again? For these kids to be in foster care or be raised by someone else OTHER then their own loving mother that WANTS to raise them? Your response to this situation is the one that is UNHINGED. Just ADMIT that you’re a self-righteous piece of shxt that likes let vulnerable people’s lives fall through the cracks and kick them while they are down–because my sincere wish is that you are treated the same way. I don’t care if it’s the smallest infinitesimal infraction, like stepping on someone’s foot or getting a parking ticket, I don’t give a fxck if it’s a car accident, if you make ANY kind of misstep I hope people to NAIL YOU TO THE WALL and refuse to even THINK about letting up. You want to roast everyone over the fire for every infraction? You go first.

            • mmmdot

              Oh and I have never described her actions with her children that day as anything LESS then wrong. Check my comments, because I’ve have alternately likened her actions to “fxcking up”, “committing a non-violent infraction”, “making the least worst of two BAD CHOICES”, and “choosing the lesser of TWO EVILS.” Reading comprehension is your friend you illiterate, self-righteous, condescending azzhole. You on the other hand likened her actions to “women get away with things and fool you all into believing they’re victims”” and ” put this woman in that same car and make her sit there a FEW hours.” Not only is it obvious that you’re an OVER-EMOTIONAL, HYSTERICAL, SEXIST dipshxt that is susceptible to HYPERBOLE, you are CLEARLY unaware of the details of this particular case.

              If you’re going to claim that she needs to be stuck in a car to “understand how the babies felt” at LEAST be correct about the facts: she returned to her car LESS THAN AN HOUR LATER [45 minutes to be exact], she left some windows open, and the weather in Arizona was milder then usual that week. I know your emotions are making you HYSTERICAL and prone to EXAGGERATION, but at BASE you’re going to need to fxcking acknowledge that those kids CLEARLY weren’t going to be there for a FEW HOURS. She came back in less than an hour because she didn’t FORGET them in there, you moron. Why? Because she is not NORMALLY a neglectful, careless, and forgetful parent. The issues that caused her to behave this way were homelessness, poverty, and desperation. DUH.

            • 1Val

              I agree that intelligent people look at reality. And the reality is although Ms. Taylor had primary custodial care of those babies she was not only parent guility of poor judgment. The children’s father should have been arrested with Ms. Taylor for contributing to dire circumstances that created mother’s desperation to leave babies in a car while she attempted to secure employment. The father as noncustodial parent avoided arrest for child abuse and neglect simply because there wasn’t a court order for him to be in violation of. Its awfully convenient the father has resurfaced after donations of 100k poured in for mother and children.

        • 1Val

          As a black male, one would think you would reserve your harshest criticisms for absentee father of a 2 years old and 6 months children. How could father and his family abandoned his children by leaving the mother to care for them alone?

          • AaMikey Stephenson

            Please show me the link that shows a couple of things:
            Identifies the father or fathers of the kids.
            Why they chose to leave or were they ever involved.

            The family stated publicly they would have kept the children. You’re completed refuted there.

            Show the facts.

            I used to criticize men for not being there. But now, I know for a fact that there are thousands of men in this country who are subjected to all types of punishment and mental torture and jail time for trying to be fathers to their children. Gatekeeper moms, public assistance queens, bi-polar terminatrix’, financial enslavement and more await them. I choose to give them the benefit of the doubt since they go to jail daily for losing their jobs and not making child support payments. So please, cry me a river.

            The good news is men are no longer allowing women and the system to ruin our lives. If you’re our equals, be that. Not only when it benefits you. It demeans the efforts of the women who actually stand up to being equal.

            • 1Val

              The family is saving face.
              If they had been involved PRIOR to windfall donations Ms. Taylor ould have had options.

              The burden of proof is on you. Therefore, you show the proof.

              Yes, of course YOU used to castigate men for not being there BUT now you being a male understand their pain. LMAO.

              I’d hoped you be more of a challenge. Sadly not you are just another rejected spurn black male venting your frustration with black women online.

              But again, you are so concerned about mistreatment of children.

              • AaMikey Stephenson

                HA! You sound the horn of victory when you are unable to provide any proof to back up your flawed logic. And you’re still talking about black men and accusing me of being spurned? The facts – yes, facts. they can’t be argued. The facts show that black men spurn your kind daily. But man! You really are determined to make this about black men and black women. That’s your thing.

                Yes. You can feel very safe about your supposed victory. I’ll give you the virtual pat on the head and tell you what a good job you’ve done while smashing all the windows in the house to get attention. Feel better?

                • mmmdot

                  Look you bxtch azz “man”,
                  give it a fxcking rest. Your misogynistic azz needs to stop TROLLING this
                  website shxtting all over black women because none of them will touch your
                  SOCIALLY INEPT, INADEQUATE AZZ with a 10 foot pole. Keep black women out of
                  your fxcking mouth. You don’t have positive relations with black women because
                  you HATE black women…go get some THERAPY so that you can get your OBSESSION
                  with the appearance and the behavior of black women under control. You LOVE to
                  try and gaslight black women, like WE are the problem when what you REALLY
                  sound like is one of those disingenuous fxck boys that chases white women [and
                  probably white men] so you can be their “big black black” racial
                  stereotype. You know the Jim Crow trope of the “Big Black Buck” who can’t take
                  care of a family, a wife, or children financially like a real man since he’s
                  unlikely to get legitimate job like a real man? You know the kind who
                  can’t stay out of jail or earn a decent wage so all he’s got
                  to offer any woman or MAN is sex? THAT kind of stereotype. White supremacy is a
                  hell of a drug and you appear to be an addict. Well keep your addictions of
                  INTERNALIZED RACISM, SELF-HATRED, and STOCKHOLM SYNDROME to yourself and keep
                  the rest of us WELL-ADJUSTED black people out of your white dxck sucking
                  mouth–that includes black women. Kay, bxtch? Thank you.

                  • AaMikey Stephenson

                    Blah blah yawn.

                    isn’t WalMart calling you yo come into work? You fit in there.

                    • mmmdot

                      Blah, blah, blah..Stop worrying about what GROWN black women
                      are doing, and concentrate on making it to the end of the day without getting locked up. According to everyone in America, you fit in on cell block D in wearing your best color: prison orange.

                • 1Val

                  Ha! You wave the flag of defeat when you are unable to validate your claims. And yes I’m talking about black males not black men who embrace opportunity to malign black women online.

                  Yes. You can retreat. Do you feel better?

    • 1Val

      Its a damn shame black males don’t see themselves, culture, family or heritage in black women. It sends the message..that black men do not have any kinship or affinity to black women who look like them. Its quite telling those very same black males expect black women to be tolerant of their failures, outraged by their racial profiling and support their struggles to overcome racism.

      Ms. Taylor is not an island. This woman had an neglectful family. Her children had absentee deadbeat daddy. And black community has too many apathetic individuals like you who prefer to condemn, slander and reject black single mothers than to assist them. Terrible.

      • AaMikey Stephenson

        LOL. I don’t limit this to black women. You did.

        But the reality is this woman chose to exercise bad judgment and instead of paying for it, she gets a pass.

        As a Man, I understand the quality of mercy. You apparently think that because I don’t support a woman leaving two babies alone in a hot vehicle, there’s something incorrect with my thinking. I say the punishment does not fit the crime. Oh well. You support the flawed logic.

        Btw, she chose the deadbeats. But she’s not accountable for that either. Enjoy the continued success of your community. Many of the the men have decided to move on to better fits for them. This is one of the reasons.

        • 1Val

          The reality of it you are commenting on this article because it pertains to a black woman.

          As a male, you know how to defame black women. You apparently think that your thinly veiled disdain for black women is concealed by your faux concern of children’s mistreatment. I say your contempt of black women supports your flawed logic that black women are undeserving of court’s mercy.

          Btw, if there were not an over preponderance of deadbeat sorry black males littering dating pool for black women Ms. Taylor would have had better options to choose from. But black males are unaccountable for procreating and abandoning their children for black women to rear without financial and emotional support.

          As for the ones who have decided to move on let black women thank God for other women removing black male litter from their dating pools. Because they have been nothing for black women and they certainly will be nothing for them. Just ask Nicole Brown Simpson and countless other white and nonblack women with violent, cheating, shiftless and good for nothing black males. And that is the reason why black women should REJOICE that sorry black males like Ms. Taylor’s deadbeat children’s father are with nonblack women.

          • AaMikey Stephenson

            As a male, I watch women do the work of self-defamation. I can post a thousand links showing how women consistently abuse children, abuse other women, abuse the system, and generally show no evidence of wanting to change that. I have disdain for a system that allows so many bad women to ruin the image of good women. Again. You’re trying to change the narrative. Let’s get back to the reality. She left two babies alone in a hot vehicle… you’re finding everyone else to blame but the person who did it. Wonder why your children are in jail in record numbers? Your mentality of it’s someone else’s fault. Next.

            • 1Val

              As a male, you watch women struggle and do nothing to help.

              Of course, you can post links to justify your sexism.

              Again, you are trying to use children to promote your disdain for women.

              Wonder why your children live in poverty in record numbers? It is your mentality that deadbeat black males are absolved of parental responsibility and it all women’s fault. Next.

          • AaMikey Stephenson

            Hmmm. Who raised those deadbeat males? When you all raise a LeBron james you sing the praises of the single mom who chose the father poorly. When you raised “The preponderance of deadbeat sorry black males littering dating pool for black women”all of sudden it’s a man’s fault.

            Amazingly, again, you blame someone else and not her poor choice in men or her blatant lack of accountability for her poor choice to leave those babies alone in the hot vehicle. Oh. It was his fault. She’s the victim. HA!! So predictable. You all should stop laying down with dogs and acting surprised when you wake up with fleas. Leaders own their issues. You all don’t.

            • 1Val

              The more you type the more you expose your contempt for women.

              Again, you deny black males role in being deadbeat dads while holding women entirely accountable for parenting children as both mother and FATHER!

              So predictable of sexist male blaming women for males failures to be men.

          • AaMikey Stephenson

            As for your last paragraph. That’s your sounding the defeat horn. And as glad as you are, why is it that you all go on and on about Tiger Woods, Maxwell, Pharrell, Ildris Elba, Michael Jordan, and any successful man of color who does not subscribe to being owned by you all? Your lack of esteem is shining brightly for the world. And again, you make it hard for good women in this country to even begin a conversation with a good man. Also, you’re trying your best to turn this into a black thing. I say this issue is a woman thing. If you want equal treatment, then stand on both the good and not-so-good benefits of being equal.

            • 1Val

              Surely, you jest!!!

              Who are “you all?”

              From your simple perspective ALL black women are living under delusion that every black male is a man. You have also fallen for the hype that every black woman desires black males.

              Its not black women’s self esteem that is tarnished for world to see. But it is black males that regardless of how much money those black male celebrities like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods are epitome of black male stereotypes by being black males from disadvantaged backgrounds, lack cultural identity and bedding white women because they believe white ice is colder. Jordan and Woods personified big buck screwing any and every woman they can stereotypes also. But let you tell it black women are devoid of morals and dating standards that any black male regardless of negative behaviors and lack of character such as philanders should be desired by us.

              It is not black women who over populate prisons and under represent college campuses. It is not black women who abandon their children. It is not black women who are disenfranchised and unable to vote. And it certainly isn’t black women who are the face of violent crimes. Nor is it black women who acquire wealth like celebrity black males you cited only to redistribute to mainstream community via marriage and children with nonblack women.

              Ah, but it a black thing more specifically a black woman thing which is why you are posting in this thread spreading you vitriol. You claim that women want equal treatment without offering in evidence that women especially black women receive preferential treatment from society.

          • AaMikey Stephenson

            None of what you say makes logical sense. You’re stuck on black this and that when this is a bigger issue. It’s equal rights.

            It’s fun going back and forth with you. But that’s it for me. The courts let her off. That also is the reality. Sucks that she’ll be allowed to continue playing the victim and not have to stand up to what she did, but hopefully, she’s been shamed into owning any future poor decisions. That seems to be the only thing that will make her accountable since so many have bought into her victim status. Also gave me the chance to see how others support bad behavior. A good story to show young people how NOT to behave.

            • 1Val

              Dear you have already shown your arse and exposed your hands.

              Your posts are about demeaning black women not children or equal rights.

  • DougieNoName

    Were the windows down?

  • kimbroughs

    2014 Non Traffic Fatalities of Children (as of 7/11/14):

    Heatstroke: 17

    Backovers: 41

    Frontovers: 31

    Vehicle set in motion: 3

    Underage Driver: 6

    Power Window Strangulation: 1

    Other: 1

    In 2013, this total was nearly 200.

  • ar12

    Ultimately, this decision isn’t about her. This is about the children and whats best for them. There really is no excuse for what she did. She endangered her kids. She’s incredibly lucky there are lots of compassionate people out there.

  • Aaliyah Noelle

    I’m so happy for her

  • Lexi Cartwright

    How is this justice ur in AZ in the heat, you can’t reward her for child endangerment. She can have her job but she should not have her kids. Cimplete a one-year program and have her kids taken away indefinitely. Sad that she couldn’t think of anywhere to take them a hospital firehouse a church. Pathetic that she was so reckless if the kids had died then something would have happened to her.

  • Taylor

    Congrats to her and her family. The “system” needs to help mom & dad’s that struggle with this. Open doors for them. Do not punish them for trying to be a good parent. There’s no parenting book out there that guarantee’s a perfect parent.

  • ThaRealAye

    They can’t confirm or deny if she has a substance problem but the are making her attend substance counseling? They examined her kids and the were unharmed and she has to go to parenting classes. They describe this as a chance to rehabilitate????? What type of rehab is needed for poverty? This case was an incredible waste of tax payers money.

  • tipper3

    Now FL needs to drop charges against mother in their state who fired warning shot at her abuser.

    • KT

      Like yesterday….

    • ar12

      Yes!!

    • kia

      that woman left the altercation and then CAME back to “fire a warning shot”…….

  • hellnaw

    I’m happy that she’s learned a lesson and her children are safe. I’m also happy she’s not in Texas because she would be still in jail and on the way to permanently losing her children. Our system is supposed to assist families but it also is designed to set them up for failure. So you are most fortunate in this case.

  • Herm Cain

    Stop coddling black single mothers because they will continue the cycle the b***h should’ve had steady employment before popping out kids in the first place or how about birth control this is foolery too many hard working sisters and brothers to reward irresponsibility everybody’s “trying” should we all want a cookie

    • mmmdot

      “My name is Herm Cain, and I’m a BXTCH who haunts this WOMEN’S website. Everytime I get on here, my BXTCH AZZ says something UNEDUCATED about women. When a REAL WOMAN corrects me I react like an overwrought, crybaby BXTCH, instead of like a MAN.” –You

      • KT

        Herman go sell your pizzas…

        • mmmdot

          LOL, was this comment for me or for Herm Cain?

          • KT

            Herman of course… lol. He derives his name from the black Republican who ran for president.. I think he owns a pizza company…

            • mmmdot

              Yea, I know. I was j/k. ;- )

    • kimbroughs

      Herman Cain, this has nothing to do with black or white. This happens with white people as well as black people. This is all about the choices made and how it affects kids. Your comments supports the theory that you cant fix stupid…stupid.

  • kimbroughs

    Its ok to leave your CHILD unattended in a car when you have a valid reason. Very bad message that is being conveyed. This is precedence for the next mother to leave her child unattended. She should expect donations to exceed 100k, charges dismissed and 10 minutes of fame. All of this at the expense of her child. Hopefully she is as lucky as this mother and there is no harm to her kids. Sooner or later chances like this are going to end badly.

    • FromUR2UB

      Situations have to be evaluated on a case by case basis because rarely is there a one-fits-all solution. The circumstances that “validated” this one are that she was homeless, which had to create feelings of desperation, and she tried to change her fate. People who are normally irresponsible are often not influenced by precedents. They know the law, but there would still have been children left in cars so that adults can go shopping, visit with friends, gamble or whatever, even if this woman had been convicted. Therefore, a conviction in this particular case would not have been a deterrent for those people. Instead, it might only have divided a family and ultimately broken the spirit of a woman who was trying to do what everyone says they want people to do: financially provide and care for their own children.

      • kimbroughs

        We have too many instances in this country where parents or caregivers have left kids in cars all day and these kids have died. They continue to flirt with these kids lives because our judicial system has as level of tolerance for this type of behavior. In reality, there is absolutely NO CIRCUMSTANCE or SITUATION where this is acceptable or tolerated. None at all! If a person leave home with children or a child strapped in the backseat, their mind should ALWAYS be on that baggage in the backseat. From time to time, the driver will check the rearview mirror to make sure that package is ok or have not fallen out of the carseat, etc. Surely when they get to their destination, they will check on that extra baggage. It is inconceivable for a parent to go to work and forget the child is in the car. If that ever happen, the parent should be charged with neglect, end of conversation.

        This lady was lucky and her situation certainly did not warrant extreme measures of punishment. Still she made a poor decision when she should have went another route. We pay into a government system which assist us with kids and their demands when we are in a poverty status. It is unfortunate if a parent is too proud to seek assistance, but there are resources available. People have been overly generous to the plight of this woman in the tune of over 100k. Surely had she visited a daycare or wnt to her local DFAC, they would have provided for her to look for a job. We should NEVER support or applaud what she did.

        • FromUR2UB

          No applause. People are not saying, “Yippee! Leave the kids in cars, everybody!” No one is even saying that she did the right thing in leaving her kids in the car. We’re only saying, her back was against a wall. People helped her because she was trying to help herself, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Life goes a lot more smoothy when you have some cushions in place because the quality of your decisions is effected by this. It’s like looking for a job while you have one; you have the luxury of taking your time and being more selective. I feel it’s important to consider her predicament in that moment in time, and not what she should’ve or could’ve done prior to that. And If the only roof she had over her and her children’s heads was her vehicle, then where is this free daycare in her city that watches people’s children while they look for jobs? If people know of these resources, then they should get the word out. I’m pretty sure she would have used that had she known about it and it was available to her.
          I mean, geesh! Have you never had a police officer cut you some slack when you should have been given a speeding ticket, for example? I was running late one morning and was speeding. The officer who stopped me asked where I was going in such a hurry and I answered, “Just work’. After he ran my plates and all that, he let me go with a warning. No lectures about how I should have left earlier or anything. I earned a ticket and he would have been justified in giving me one, but because he was nice enough to let me go, I decided I wasn’t going to earn another one. Sometimes, just SOME TIMES, you just have to give a person a break, and I think someone realized that in his case.

        • kimbroughs

          Sir/.Maam, exactly what is your point? This was a bad decision on the mother’s part, those kids could have been kidnapped or otherwise injured. She had resouces and chose not to pursue them. Sure applaud her for efforts to get on her feet. But those efforts would have been for nothing had something happened to those kids. You can not support or sugarcoat such a decision. Many kids have lost their lives because of impulsive and irrational thinking on the parents part. In my home town, 4 kids perished in a fire because the mother left them alone…….briefly.

          • Jessica2248

            see this is the thing that these sympathizers are saying….as long as she was trying to do better for her kids, it’s okay to put them at risk. had she been in the club, or going to get her “hair did”, it would not have been okay. newsflash…..those kids were in the same danger, no matter what she was doing. why people fail to even realize that is beyond me. but i digress. i truly hope these parenting classes open her eyes and make her realize that there is nothing more important than her kids safety. i hope she uses those monetary gifts wisely.

        • hollyw

          Thru don’t “continue to flirt with these kids lives” b/c of a lenient judicial system. It’s because they are poor and desperate.

          • kimbroughs

            Whatever you say holly. But in the event that you decide to take these kind of chances with your children, I hope they come out alright too.

    • Jessica2248

      i agree with you 100% that one time when something bad happens…then what?? i personally don’t think we have heard the last from this woman.

    • mmmdot

      Do you want a justice system that is PURELY punitive? Or do you want a justice system that is ALSO rehabilitative and restorative? Do you have an issue with people being rational and fitting the punishment to crime? Either you want people to use critical thinking and discretion in these situations or you don’t.

      • kimbroughs

        We need a justice system which is going to be fair towards everyone and punish according to the crime. This lady should not receive the full brunt of the system, but she should not be lauded as some heroine for endangering her kids. Other women have the green light to test the same waters, this mother was fortunate her kids were not taken, knocked the car out of gear or otherwise suffered some misfortune in that car. This was poor and bad judgement, she had other options had she chosen to pursue them. A child is innocent in these situations and rely on their parent to make the right decision.

        • mmmdot

          Is this the crux of your argument? “Other women have the green light to test the same waters,” because I’m sorry to tell you that it’s hyperbolic and absurd. No “other women” WON’T feel like they have a “green light” to do this. This is where *critical thinking* comes in. WHY did this mother do this? Was it because she is NORMALLY irresponsible and careless or was it because she was impoverished and desperate? Irresponsible and careless parents–not JUST women, PARENTS–will unfortunately continue to do this kind of thing ANYWAY. What caused THIS particular situation was poverty and desperation…and being poor USUALLY involves choosing the lesser of two evils. I mean this has REPEATEDLY been said over, and over, and over again about poor people–that they often have to choose the LEAST worst of of two choices. Like choosing between light or gas. Or food or rent? Or going to a job interview and leaving your kids in the car for an hour, or risk not being employed so that you can’t feed, clothe, and house those children and yourself. This is a SYSTEMIC and SOCIETAL issue, it’s not just an individual failing on HER part. So please do some more research on the subject and grow a compassion bone. Thanks.

          • kimbroughs

            Are you insane? This is not a poor people situation, or a black or white thing, this is something that people do and they need to stop doing it. There is NO excuse to subject a child to something like this. no reason at all. This happens far too often and far too often there is little to no punishment at all. There has been cases where the mother was not charged when she left her child in a car while she worked because she forgot. They felt like the impact of losing the child was punishment enough. Very sad indeed.

            • mmmdot

              No, are YOU insane? What is THIS: “There has been cases where the mother was not charged when she left her child in a car while she worked because she forgot.” What part of “This is NOT one of those cases” is so hard for you to understand? She’s NOT neglectful and careless parent. She left her kids in the car for an hour because she was impoverished and desperate–she didn’t “forget” them in there! Did you simply gloss over the particulars of this case so that you could skip to condemning her? This has EVERYTHING to do with poverty. She left her children in a car because she HAD NO MONEY FOR CHILDCARE, SHE HAD BEEN HOMELESS, and she left her kids in the car to GO ON A JOB INTERVIEW. Don’t even BRING up welfare…if you live in this country, then you already know the way poor single black mothers are DEMONIZED for being on welfare. I don’t blame her for avoiding welfare like the plague. She was trying to find a way to legitimately support herself and her kids. What do you want to happen here? For this family to be broken up? For these kids to be raised by the foster care system? For this woman to have a record? Because that would TOTALLY help her get a job, right? Especially in a red state like Arizona. And SO many kids come out of foster care well-adjusted, unmolested, and well-cared for, right? Like I said, please grow a compassion bone. Okay?

              • kimbroughs

                I guess we do agree on the compassion bit, but there are other alternatives. What is your take on those immigrant alien kids coming from south america?

                • 1Val

                  What were her alternatives? Since you have ALL the answers please share them with other women who might have the misfortune of being in same predicament.

                  • mmmdot

                    THANK YOU!

                  • kimbroughs

                    DFAC has programs to assist with childcare. The only requirement is to apply. Since Ms Taylor really did no wrong, lets hope the kids fare as well the next time she feel a need to leave them alone. Stick a fork in me because I am done with this nonsense. Under no circumstances is it alright to leave a child unattended in a vehicle for more than 15 minutes if conditions warrants. Whether you accept it or not, it is not a good thing to do. Furthermore, there is no excuse for a parent to leave a child in a car all day while they WORK.

                    • hollyw

                      You clearly do not know the story frm the beginning. Her entire situation became complicated after the state-run program she had enrolled HERSELF into list funding. You know, b/c there have been a lot of cuts in social services within the past two years. Anyone who works in social services, with children and/or families already knows this.

                    • mmmdot

                      Exactly. Thank you. Especially in RED STATES like Arizona. This article talks about how they cut funding to all childcare programs BUT child protective services. Of course. It’s the same way they’ll cut funding to every social welfare program BUT the police. Hmm, you think they’re doing that for a reason?
                      http://thinkprogress (dot) org/economy/2014/03/27/3419192/homeless-woman-job-interview/

                    • kimbroughs

                      I understand that no mother should put her children in harms way intentionally. Ms Taylor was lucky in many regards.

                    • 1Val

                      I understand that no FATHER should put his children in harm’s way. Ms. Taylor’s deadbeat father of their children placed his babies in harm’s way when HE failed to provide shelter, food and clothing for them.

                    • kimbroughs

                      A GOOD mother will not let a deadbeat father cause her to be a BAD mother. Regardless of her situation, she made a bad choice, the DA gave her a break. No one should applaud what she did or downplay that it was her only option. I have seen situations like this end in tragedy. A part of her deal was to attend substance abuse class. In case you dont understand substance abuse, it means drugs or some other mind altering agent.

                    • 1Val

                      Your opposition to Ms. Taylor has been duly noted!

                      However, my comments to you addressed Ms. Taylor’s children’s FATHER.

                      In your opinion, does Ms. Taylor’s absentee deadbeat children father’s inaction have any bearing in their circumstances?

                    • kimbroughs

                      With all due respect, are you really so stupid that you feel a mother will endanger her kids because of a deadbeat father? Your remarks are very childish and silly.

                    • 1Val

                      With all due respect, are you really so dense that you feel an absentee father doesn’t endanger his children’s emotional, mental and physical well beings? Your remarks are evasive, sexist and foolish.

                    • kimbroughs

                      Get a life!

                    • 1Val

                      Typical black single mother basher!

                    • kimbroughs

                      My daughter has 6 kids and a husband in prison for armed robbery. She is a single mother! But she is not stupid enough to leave her kids in a car for 45 minutes. You are still missing the point, it is not right to leave kids in a car for 45 minutes. Why dont you try it and see what happens to you. You are stuck on stupid!

                    • 1Val

                      Careful your true colors are showing!!!

                    • hollyw

                      Please do not deflect, and accept that your previous point was ill-informed. No mother (or as I like to call them, parents) should be in the position to have to make these tough decisions, but the reality of the situation is that, especially in this economy, poor parents are making them daily. They cannot find work, and their resources are stripped. Are you currently doing something to help out? You’d do your society better by actually coming up with an ideal and solution that was effective, instead of ineffectively (and inaccurately) judging poor mothers’ sense of morality.

                    • kimbroughs

                      You are right, i dont know the full story, I missed the part where substance abuse class is a part of her deal. What was that all about? Maybe the substance abuse helped her to make the decision to leave her children like that. A sensible and sane mother would not do that.

                    • 1Val

                      Nor do you care to know the full story.
                      You relish part of vilifying black single mothers.
                      What is that all about?

                    • kimbroughs

                      Get a grip, my only concern with this article is this young mother made a poor choice and her kids were put in danger. I have nothing against her or young mothers. I have no problem with the DA dropping charges, however, it does not change the fact she made poor choices. I don’t know what your problem is or what you are not understanding. Why don’t you google it and see how many kids lost their lives because of poor choices that mothers and fathers took in respect to their children.

                    • 1Val

                      Your only STATED concern with this article is your opposition to this young single black mother.

                      If you lacked “problem” with DA dropping charges there wouldn’t been a need for you to corrupt this thread condemning this young black single mother for having charges dropped against her.

                    • hotmama01

                      Obviously, that’s not your ONLY concern, as no one on this article even remotely expressed this mother’s decisions being great, smart, or okay. No one here is an idiot, everyone knows the dangers of leaving kids or pets in the car, and everyone ALSO knows reading comprehension and can see vilifying when it’d plain as day.

                      For your reference: “vilify: to speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner.”

                      Your concern is everyone else is speaking positively on the mother and how fortunate the ending was, which you clearly see as inappropriate and undeserving. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be going sooo hard! STOP IT lol!

                    • hollyw

                      From the last time I checked, her drug test had been inconclusive (though I’m not sure how that’s possible), and so they ordered them to be on the safe side.
                      …and again, to bring your ideals back into perspective, until the new millennium, parents were leaving their children in hot cars the world over. My mother let me nap out in the parking lot, windows cracked, plenty a time to grocery shop, and she was a social worker. It wasn’t even considered neglect until the 2000s. This isn’t to justify the act, just that not every mother before 1999 was insane.

                    • kimbroughs

                      Good grief lady, where is this intense debate coming
                      from? My only dog in this fight is it
                      is WRONG for anyone to leave their child alone in public for 45 minutes. Where is all of this intensity coming from,
                      where is this relation to 1950 coming from?
                      Of course, times and situations were different back then when you and I
                      were young. We did not have a rash of
                      carjacking back then or child abductions, or child molestations. When I was coming up, we did not lock our
                      door, we respected all adults, we did not have policemen in our schools. Lady, I am talking about 2014 and the dangers
                      of leaving a child in this day and age.
                      I could care less if you or Ms. Taylor left your child unattended for
                      hours or days. I still say it is
                      WRONG. Only an idiot would compare and
                      try to justify then with now. There was
                      another recent case in the news of a little boy who DIED after being left in a
                      hot car, people carried on just like you, they did online donations to help the
                      family and later found out the father planned the whole thing. He is now sitting in jail charged with
                      murdering his 2yr old son. Some of
                      these gullible people are now asking for their donations back. My opinion, they should not get a dime back
                      because a fool and his money will soon depart.

                    • hollyw

                      …mmkay, I’m the intense one, but you are the one calling people idiots and insane for disagreeing with you lol? You’re seeing so much red, you didn’t even interpret clearly everything that was said; where in the h**l did I say I had kids?!

                      You clearly have more than just a dog in the fight, sir, wanting people to see bad parenting in as black & white as you do, when that is simply not the case. Also, you still did not address the most important point of all; WHAT ARE YOU DOING AS A SOLUTION?

                      I’ve more than made my point, and articulately so, might I add, which is more than i can say for you. So, we can agree to disagree 🙂 Good luck.

                    • 1Val

                      Apparently, Ms. Taylor was as overwhelmed by her difficult circumstances as you appear to be from my question. Anyone can critique another’s behaviors while failing to offer assistance and/or alternatives to behavior they are critical of. But thank you for acknowledging “Ms. Taylor really did no wrong.”

                    • mmmdot

                      Girl the fantastic-ness of this snark is killing me: “Apparently, Ms. Taylor was as overwhelmed by her difficult circumstances as you appear to be from my question.” LMAO FOREVER!!! I bow down to your greatness.

                    • 1Val

                      MUAHHH!!! Girrl, I tip my hat to you for holding it down in this thread. I’m always bemused by black males who find voice to vilify single black mothers. For these same black males have relatives who are single mothers that they fail to aid in rearing their children yet are vocal by outcomes such as Ms. Taylor’s tragic circumstances. Yet they can view black women with disdainful eyes feeling ENTITLED to our compassion, support and unconditional loyalty when they are disenfranchised by society. And have audacity to be perplexed when black women fail to supply those things for them.

                • mmmdot

                  Well what would happen if these were CUBAN children coming over here on a boat? I think these refugees should get as much support as CUBAN refugees. Most importantly, these are children who are fleeing from a [drug] war and they are [most often] coming here to be with parents who are *ALREADY* in the country that are contributing to the American economy. I think these UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT [which is a lot less stigmatizing and dehumanizing then referring to them as aliens/ illegal aliens] children should be given asylum.

                  • kimbroughs

                    The strictest opponent of these children are republican obama bashers..

                    • mmmdot

                      I know. I agree with that notion. I was just responding to your question.

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  • Thank God, this is great news!!! Shanesha didn’t deliberately hurt her children, what she did was go & APPLY FOR A JOB, rather than take public assistance to provide a better life for her children!!! Thank goodness everything is working out for her! Yes, maybe the situation could have been handled differently, BUT to punish this woman for a “brief lapse in judgment” was WRONG!

  • FILTHIER

    People act like we don’t help our own. But we do, we take care of each other, and we understand and don’t judge each other more than people let on. I still believe in our kindness and love…..I still believe in my community.

    • Jessica2248

      evidently not,or else she would have had someone to watch her kids.

  • Echo Moon

    good news indeed!! so happy for her.

  • FromUR2UB

    I’m glad things worked out for her. People say, “But, what if…? What if…? What if…?” It didn’t, and I have the feeling that she has learned a profound lesson and will never repeat leaving her children in the car. She made a mistake. Her judgment was faulty that day. But she doesn’t strike me as trifling, or the type of stupid person who would place a baby in a washer and then be surprised that didn’t go well. She was trying to find a job and preserve some of her dignity. There are times when you have to allow a person the chance to redeem themselves. For some people, displaying a little faith in them goes so much farther than pouncing on them when they make a wrong move. She seems like someone who wants to be worthy of that faith.

  • Kassius

    That’s something, finally.

  • Tremaine Mcleod

    This was absolutely the right thing to do! She wasn’t going to a bar or to buy drugs, but she was trying to make a better life for her and her family. My hat goes off to all the single mothers in the world that have to make the hard decisions with little to no help in many cases! Until you’ve walked a mile in her shoes please don’t be so quick to ridicule her!

    • Kara Wright

      I understand that she made a mistake and that we all do, and I do think that the ruling is fair, but when you leave children in a car for 45 minutes, if something bad happens to them, it doesn’t matter what you were going off to do. The outcome will be the same. Thank goodness it wasn’t in this case and I’m glad that they all get a second chance.

  • mmmdot

    Good for her and her children. Thank god. And this fxckery from the county atty. is why people around the globe think Americans [particularly the white ones] are bloodthirsty, vengeful, and stupid: “Where we can focus on an opportunity for rehabilitation without having to use punitive consequences we’re always willing to take a look at that. And our resolution today shouldn’t be taken as a policy shift, this is just how we were able to resolve this one particular case.” Um, dumbfxck how has being “tough on crime” and crushing people into the dust when they commit non-violent infractions helped this country? We have less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated population, and we imprison people more than ANY other country on globe–this is all due to NON-VIOLENT drug crimes. Some people [including other commenters] and vengeful and punitive to the point that it’s literally sickening and disgusting.

  • Chey

    I think what happens in this case is a cautionary tale to any single parents trying to be responsible the state will use anything the can to ruin your life along with your family. But let that had been any other race than black they would have be subject to every type of program available to help it would a been on the national news regularly until that family received every type of help possible. I will pray for this lady and her children’s continued success.

  • Julie-Ann Jules

    Again this goes right back to the BLACK MEN stop letting these men give you baby and run off on you leave you stranded ,the reason she did this is because the dad didn’t or wouldn’t even watch his child so she can go get a job sad world black women wake the hell up and stop sleeping with these disgusting fools they are messing up your lifes .

    • Guest

      If a man doesn’t want to be in his children lives he will abandon them whether he is black, white, mexican,hispanic, or african! So please dont just think that it’s black women only who are left to be single mothers. I would perfer a man to leave me and cause me to be a single mother versus him staying a killing my children, me, and himself when he falls on hard times(no need to say what race is famous for doing that). Point blank period what happened was the right thing to do. What would’ve happened had she went to jail? Nothing! Her children would’ve been left without a mother and the father, and that wouldn’t have been good for them!

    • AaMikey Stephenson

      Great post. Choose well and all this is avoided. Though I would add, it was not the fault of anyone but this woman who left the children in that hot vehicle. Let’s not absolve her of that ultimate decision making.

      • Rissie75

        And the father……if he was around then she would had someone to watch them. #IJS

        • AaMikey Stephenson

          Good point. Why is he not there? Taking it one step further, why does she even need to look for a job with two year old and a 6 months old children? Let’s see how you choose to shape this. I’m pretty sure I know already.

          • mmmdot

            I repeat: Stop worrying about what GROWN black women are doing, and concentrate on making it to the end of the day without getting locked up.

            • AaMikey Stephenson

              Funny. Since the time you posted this, I’ve made $280, mentored two individuals and finished a training course in preparation for yet another certification test. Troll. You can’t box with me. But you may want to be brave enough to show your face. But most trolls don’t so no expectations. There’s a reason you hide your face.

              OOPS!! Here come the popos!

              • mmmdot

                Blah blah blah..take it back to cell block D. Aren’t you late for your appearance on America’s Most Wanted, you black “male” troll?

    • AaMikey Stephenson

      I 100% agree with you. Stop laying down and giving babies to dudes that share their seed indiscriminately. Coming from a woman, maybe this will have some affect.

  • FoundLove

    Yes let’s keep rewarding bad behavior! *eye roll*

    • Kambriel

      #truth

  • Kambriel

    Ugh I am disgusted by the outcome. Rewarding ignorance and child abuse..GTFOH!

    • lala

      How is it ignorance and abuse? She as looking for a JOB! Not drugs. She’s trying to provide for her family. Yes she could have taken them in with her, she could have done a whole lot of things differently but she didn’t ok now what. Obviously the judge felt sympathy for her something you clearly lack. I’m glad the charges were dismissed. You need to gtfoh.

      • Kambriel

        You are entitled to your grammatically butchered opinion as I am to mine. I live in AZ and for the last few days it has been over 104 degrees. I could not imagine being a child trapped in a hot car with no water. I don’t care if she was looking for a job. Check the statistics children die unnecessarily from being left in the car. They gave her all this money and the slime ball father slinks back into the picture where was he when she needed a sitter? She made a cognizant stupid choice. I feel sympathy for the children., you can give your sympathy to her!

        • Erasure 25

          You don’t know how to read. This occurred in March not “the past few days.” March is not summer. Yes, AZ is hot all the time, but according to weather records for March 2014, the maximum was 84 in Maricopa – it never got anywhere near 104. YOU need to check the statistics before you blather on about unrelated comparisons. All this talk about how we don’t want a nanny state and yet, it turns out we do want a nanny state….

          • That’s the outside ambient temperature, not what it was inside of a car. Inside of a car can easily be 20 degrees hotter, depending on the circumstances.

          • Kambriel

            Oh my bad because it was only 84 degrees outside that changes my mind.It was okay to leave them in the car.

        • mmmdot

          Um, dumbfxck how has being “tough on crime” and crushing people into the dust when they commit non-violent infractions ever helped ANYONE in this country–particularly black people? We have less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated population, and we imprison people more than ANY other country the world–this is all due to NON-VIOLENT drug crimes. You are vengeful and punitive to the point that it’s literally REPULSIVE. I wish the same thing for YOU that you wish for Shanesha–if you ever your motherfxcking life even THINK about fxcking up, and I mean EVER, I hope no one EVER shows you compassion. In fact, I hope everyone lets your life fall through the cracks and throws the book at you. You want to be n@sty and kick people when they’re down? Karma will come right back and slap you right across your self-righteous face. Okay?

          • Kambriel

            For all of your coded swearing and ill wishes I pray for you. Not once did I say throw her under the jail or execute her. I stated my disillusionment with the outcome without giving an opinion as to what should have happened.You sit up here and quote statistics for black people being in the jail/prison system and get mad at me I am not in legislation take it up with your state reps and congress if you want reform instead of sitting on your keyboard spewing hate at someone for having a opposite opinion of yours!

            • mmmdot

              Your response to this situation is the one that is UNHINGED. Just ADMIT that you’re a self-righteous piece of shxt that likes to kick people when they are down and allow vulnerable people’s lives fall through the cracks–because my sincere wish is that you are treated the same way. I don’t care if it’s the smallest infinitesimal infraction, like stepping on someone’s foot or getting a parking ticket, I don’t give a fxck if it’s a car accident, if you make ANY kind of misstep I hope people to NAIL YOU TO THE WALL and refuse to even THINK about letting up. You want to roast everyone over the fire for every infraction? You go first.

              • Kambriel

                Thank you for confirming that my beliefs in humanity or lack thereof is founded. As soon as I lock my children in a hot car feel free to laugh at my mistake.

                • mmmdot

                  I repeat: Just ADMIT that you’re a self-righteous piece of shxt that likes to kick people when they are down and allow vulnerable people’s lives fall through the cracks–because my sincere wish is that you are treated the same way. I don’t care if it’s the smallest infinitesimal infraction, like stepping on someone’s foot or getting a parking ticket, I don’t give a fxck if it’s a car accident, if you make ANY kind of misstep I hope people to NAIL YOU TO THE WALL and refuse to even THINK about letting up. You want to roast everyone over the fire for every infraction? You go first.

                  • Kambriel

                    You really need to find something more gratifying to do with your time than pseudo cyber bullying and cyber self righteousness!. Let’s agree to disagree. mmmkay!

                    • mmmdot

                      I repeat: Just ADMIT that you’re a self-righteous piece of shxt that likes to kick people when they are down and allow vulnerable people’s lives fall through the cracks.

                    • Kambriel

                      And you are of low brow intelligence to want to engage in an argument that leads nowhere. I will admit I feel sorry for you. Your inability to express your thoughts without resorting to vulgarity is alarming. I hope that you are younger then myself so I can chalk it up to youthful indiscretion in instead of old ignorance. I will no longer continue to respond to you as the old adage goes “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

                    • mmmdot

                      The only low-brow, bloodthirsty, miscreant here is you. You’re sadistic and cruel, and I’m not the only one who noticed it. Don’t blame me because you got your SADISTIC azz handed to you by practically everyone on this thread. And if you think that swearing has any affect whatsoever on an argument or invalidates any points that are made, you need to grow up. Stop arguing semantics about something as minuscule as throwing cuss words around. Because I absolutely do not care when people who are cruel, bloodthirsty, and punitive to the point of being barbaric use such an ABSURD excuse to be condescending.

                    • Maggie

                      lol

                    • mmmdot

                      Wow, a sadistic white American moron. So shocking.

                    • Maggie

                      Let me guess you drop your kids off at Chevy Malibu Daycare too?

                    • mmmdot

                      Let me guess, you’re inbred and you screw your brother in the back of your pick up? Don’t blame me because you got your SADISTIC azz handed to you by practically everyone on this thread.

        • AaMikey Stephenson

          I agree with you. Whether she was trying to get a job or a fix, those children were placed in horribly dangerous circumstances and these people are applauding this.

          Logic is so far beyond these people because they too do stupid and neglectful things and want the same benefit if and when they are caught.

          I think at a minimum they should put this woman in that same car and make her sit there a few hours. She has not had the chance to even understand how the babies felt.

          But bottom line. Anyone defending this woman leaving a 6 month and 2 year old in a car in 98 DEGREE temps and completely unsecured (she should have faced jail time for that alone) they are not worth arguing with.

          • Shannon Nealey

            I see nothing wrong with what she did. I’ve left my children in the car from time to time and I was living in Houston at the time. Everyone knows how hot Texas gets, but I had no child care–not unless I applied for welfare and I didn’t want to be bothered with all their program requirements; I needed to be able to do things my way and in my own time–no sitter and no money. So I went on a few interviews and left my children in the car, just like my parents did when I was growing up. If she had options, I’m certain she wouldn’t have left her babies in the car. I can pretty much guarantee she didn’t go straight to the leaving-the-children-in-the-car option. Hell, my dad used to take me to work with him and left me in a locked, un-airconditioned truck. To this day, heat makes me sleepy. I turned out well. These children were never in any danger; she did what she thought was best at the time, just like I did when I found myself in the same position. But I don’t judge. I don’t like to judge because things are not always what they seem. I help if I can and be supportive if and when necessary.

            • AaMikey Stephenson

              Wow! This is an epidemic of negligence and people accepting it as okay as long as the children don’t die?

              So the reason I hear most is don’t judge. That is the downfall of so many because people confuse being judged with being accountable.

              Judging aside I have three questions.
              1. Are there laws against leaving children unattended in vehicles?
              2. Are there multiple incidents where children left in cars die from heat or are kidnapped?
              3. Would you be okay with her leaving your children in the same situation?

              I know I’m being logical here. But, it’s still amazing to me that you think this was okay. and that since it happened to you, it’s okay to do it to other kids.

      • Kambriel

        You want to insult a stranger on the internet for having an opinion but you put on a cape for the lady who got up and ready for a job interview knowing the whole time knowing she was planning to leave her kids in the car and did so. Then they give her thousands of dollars and the baby daddy slinks back into the picture to all of a sudden be a father again?…Let the insults continue.

        • AaMikey Stephenson

          Maggie. Noticed whatever IT is, is too scared to show their faces. Yet throws the word “troll” around.

          Thank you for having the sense to have sense.

          • mmmdot

            Here’s the thing you dumb motherfxcker: You ARE a troll. You’re the typical, HIGHLY RECOGNIZABLE black “MALE” troll that SLITHERS onto black WOMEN’S websites lecturing black women when black men are CLEARLY in no position to be LECTURING black women about anything, EVER. I ENJOY reminding you black “male” trolls of that fact at each and every single turn. So if you don’t want the poor reaction you get to your trolling, stop fxcking doing it. Because I am TIRED of you randoms coming out of nowhere to lecture grown black women about shxt. I’m gonna need you random azz, paternalistic black men of ALL ages to back hell up and stop worrying about whether we are wearing weaves, working in corporate America, or whatever the fxck it is that you will have a problem with TOMORROW and worry about keeping yourselves out of fxcking JAIL. Period.

            Get a JOB and stay in your LANE, so you can actually VOTE with every other demographic in this country. Don’t fxcking go there talking shxt about black women when half of you can barely make it to the end of the day without getting locked up for something. Mind your own RATCHET business because you black men CLEARLY have a lot of RATCHET BUSINESS to take care of. Kay?

    • Kristin

      It’s not like they let her go freely. They let Casey Anthony go and we know for sure she killed that child. She was trying to provide a better situation for her children. Her actions were not smart but its smarter for them to provide training and classes for her than to throw her in jail.

      • Kambriel

        Don’t even get me started on that child murderer! That’s the part I don’t get you can take help, classes and money now but you had too much pride then? What if one of the children had died then what? A whole life of getting it right can be erased by the one time it goes wrong.

        • Echo Moon

          you are a repulsive piece of wasted breath.

          • Jessica2248

            why? because she makes sense? you think the CPS or the cops didn’t ask her that same question? it makes perfect sense to ask that. what is so repulsive? you may as well call me repulsive too, because i personally believe she wanted those kids to die. when the cops asked her why she left them in the car, aside from having “noone” to babysit, she said she figured they would just “go to sleep” because it was their nap time. knowing that she left them in that hot car….that sounds kind of creepy.

            • Echo Moon

              wow, you are clueless, heartless and cruel. you, “personally believe she wanted those kids to die”. maybe that’s the way that you might choose to get rid of your kids, but there are ways that are much simpler, easier and lawful ways of getting out of the responsibility of keeping your kids.
              she didn’t leave them in the car while she was scoring, she wasn’t being hired for prostitution, she wasn’t partying, drinking or shopping. she was there for an interview trying to get a job. you know one of those things that you do called work. work to gain a paycheck so that she could afford to care for herself and her kids.
              she didn’t totally get off scot free. she has restrictions and conditions she has to follow. she is not simply being turned loose to fade into the shadows. that is so very much better than simply throwing her in jail and making the kids wards (property) of the state for the next 10 to 17yrs. because we all know just how wonderful and loving that is. this at least allows the family to stay together.
              if you would much rather have seen her in jail and the kids in custody too? then there is something fundamentally and morally wrong with you……

              • Kambriel

                You are ignorant on so many different levels. You want to insult a stranger on the internet for having an opinion but you put on a cape for the lady who got up and ready for a job interview knowing the whole time knowing she was going to leave her kids in the car…Let the insults continue.

            • Jocelyn Day

              That sounds ridiculous. If she wanted those kids to die she wouldn’t have gone for a job interview to provide for them. Maybe she should have called you to watch her kids and live with her since she was for a moment homeless. Would you have helped? There needs to be better programs for people in those situations. The car wasn’t hot! No one agreed to watch her children at that time. She could have said “I guess I will get on welfare and let the government pay for my kids”. She wants to take care of them herself and not have tax payers pay for them. It was a mistake but that was a bad situation all around.

              • Jessica2248

                if i knew her, she most definitely could have called me and i would have gladly babysat her children while she went on her job interview. i’ve babysat for plenty of single soldiers (for free) on this post and it is no big deal to me. i was a single parent before, and i know how hard it can be, but not one time did i EVER place my child in harms way, just to provide for her. why would anyone do that just to deceive the employer into believing you had child care?? what would have happen had she gotten the job? she claims she has noone, and that she is homeless. there is NEVER an excuse to do that. you guys can sympathize all you want, that’s your choice, but don’t call me ridiculous because i do not. and you’re talking about the car wasn’t hot…now THAT is ridiculous. have you ever been to Arizona? i have, and that place is HOT even in the so called Spring months. if i was forced to be in that situation, you can bet my kids would have been right there with me. it was an insurance company. most times these people work on there own schedules going from house to house…they would not have minded those kids being in there, instead of in that hot car!

                • AaMikey Stephenson

                  Hello. You’re dealing with people who are over-emotional and know they do similar things so they’re defending her. I bet you not one of these grown people would sit in a car willingly in that temperature, yet, they are coming out like rats to support what she did to these children. One even posted that her dad did the same to her and “she turned out well”, but she still gets sleepy when she gets hot.

                  There is an illness with too many of these people and it’s always the children that pay for it.

                  • Kambriel

                    Thank you I am laughing at how ignorant and defensive people get/got to my comment but have nothing but praise for the lady who actually endangered her childrens lives. I get it she was going to a job but so what wrong is wrong.

              • Kambriel

                You are throwing a lot of stones based on the same information we all have gotten from the media. And yes I would lend a helping hand. I don’t know if she asked anyone. Just like initially reports said she was homeless then the story was she was homeless from time to time. I never said she wanted her children to die. From what I have read she took a job interview knowing she had no child care waited until the day of the interview got up and got dressed knowing her plan was to leave them in the car.

        • hollyw

          Really, she wasn’t “too proud” for anything then. Her situation was initially complicated by the fact that the state -run daycare program she had been originally enrolled herself in was cut due to funding. Fyi…

          • Kambriel

            Ok, so all parent who are on the receiving end of state budget cuts to childcare get a free pass to leave their kids in the car. Problem solved.

            • AaMikey Stephenson

              Agreed. The key is to be 100% responsible and accountable for her behavior.

              After reading the details, It looks like this site got it wrong. Charges have not been dropped. And putting her on the plan they have is a fair action in my opinion. The reality is she could fake her way through the program, but once you know better, you should do better. We’ll see.

              The frightening part of this is how many people see no wrong in what she did and actually say they would do the same.

              Sorry!

    • Guest

      Um, dumbfxck how has being “tough on crime” and crushing people into the dust when they commit non-violent infractions helped ANYONE in this country–particularly black people? The U.S. has less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated population, and we have more imprisoned people than anywhere else in THE WORLD, mostly for NON-VIOLENT drug crimes. You are vengeful and punitive to the point that it’s literally REPULSIVE.

      • Kambriel

        You are ignorant on so many different levels. You want to insult a stranger on the internet for having an opinion but you put on a cape for the lady who got up and ready for a job interview knowing the whole time knowing she was going to leave her kids in the car and did so? I would rather say something unfavorable on a computer than lock my kids in a car. .Let the insults continue.

    • Chuckle

      Heaven forbid you fall upon hard times and make a mistake. All the self-righteous superglue in the world won’t prevent the possibility of you falling off that high horse of yours. We are all one mistake away from being in her position and that includes you. If you can honestly say that these circumstances warrant this woman to be charged with a felony which by the way would not only ruin her life but her child’s life as well if she were thrown into the system which is what you really should be bitching about if you want to point fingers. I think the prosecutor took appropriate actions for a first time offender with no priors. Now if she doesn’t make good on her end or repeats this behavior then we have a different story,

    • Aaliyah Noelle

      You must be YT.

      • Kambriel

        Actually I am black so does that eradicate me having a negative opinion?

        • AaMikey Stephenson

          Love it when they throw race out like that. It shows their intent and how little they know of logic. It also diminishes anyone who actually is impacted by unfair racial practices. But they don’t care about that. It gives them a warm fuzzy to go there instead of evaluate each issue on it’s own merit and evidence.

    • LaLa

      What if it was you? Hope nothing happens to you in the future, and you look for sympathy, because you won’t be getting it from me.

      • Kambriel

        That’s fine I will just cry in my mugshot picture and my sympathy that way.

      • AaMikey Stephenson

        You can be sympathetic to this woman and still recognize that she should be punished for what she did. It’s the same concept used in raising children.

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